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Another Battle to Advance the Cause

Written by Bette Dewing on . Posted in Dewing Things Better, Opinion West Side Spirit

Whatever happened to helping old folks cross the street? “Wind gusts today accelerate the brush fire risk.” This was the Good Friday and first day of Passover morning radio weather warning. For several years I’ve wished high wind gust warnings stressed the danger to walkers whose balance is not stable, especially in a city with [&hellip
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Roarin’ Against Generational and Cultural Backgrounds: Bridging the ageism divide, one stereotype at a time

Written by Bette Dewing on . Posted in Opinion and Column, Opinion Our Town, Opinion West Side Spirit, Our Town, West Side Spirit

By Bette Dewing For now, some short takes on cultural breakdowns and one breakthrough Rx you may not read elsewhere. But first a correction from my last column: 19th Precinct officer Chris Helms, not officer Liam Lynch, warned the East 79th Street Neighborhood Association about a cyclist swooping down on pedestrians and stealing their iPhones. [&hellip
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Trails that Need Following: The way to a safer, caring city

Written by Bette Dewing on . Posted in Arts Our Town Downtown, Dewing Things Better, Lifestyle, Our Town

contact Bette Dewing at dewingbetter@gmail.com CBS News radio says the “taxi of tomorrow” has a partition that softens the blow to passenger’s heads when drivers make an emergency stop. An emergency room surgeon reported, “Every week, at least two such facial injuries occur.” Who knew? Not this “traffic safety trailblazer” (Rep. Carolyn Maloney called me that in a 2006 tribute) [&hellip
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The Light of Looking Better

Written by Bette Dewing on . Posted in Opinion and Column, Opinion Our Town, Opinion West Side Spirit, Our Town, West Side Spirit

Bette Dewing(as) Energy-efficient bulbs zap life from the everyday “Looking better” does get our attention. But it’s the lighting, stupid (not you), that can make or break our appearance. Only a few—including Rep. Michele Bachmann—protest the so-called energy efficients for making us, our clothes and furnishings look rather, well, lifeless. To save lighting energy positively, sharply reduce [&hellip
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